Latin America

GREEN LEFT REPORT #9: Feminism's resurgence, Venezuelan eyewitness + more

This episode focuses on feminism's resurgence and Venezuela's unfolding revolution. It includes activist news on Stop CSG protests, Global Noise protests, plus Carlo Sands on the European Union's Nobel Peace prize win, and a performance by 1000 eyes at Occupy.

John Pilger: 'The US hates Venezuela's independence'

Independent journalist and filmmaker John Pilger was interviewed Michael Albert on the determination of the US and its allies to overthrow Venezuela's elected government and destroy the Bolivarian revolution begun by late president Hugo Chavez.

Venezuela: Asian socialists condemn new US-backed coup

The statement below was released on February 17 by socialist groups in the Asia-Pacific region in response to a new coup attempt, including planned assassinations and bombings, by the US-backed right-wing opposition against Venezuela's socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro.

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We, the undersigned organisations, strongly condemn the recent coup attempt that sought to overthrow the democratically elected government of Venezuela in order to reverse the achievements of the socialist Bolivarian process.

Forum discusses Latin America

The Latin American Social Forum held a forum on February 7 in Sydney. About 80 people attended.

We were welcomed by the Ecuadorian indigenous folksinger Manuel with a ceremonial greeting in Quechua to Pachamama and soulful pipe playing. The evening began with a video conference with Pablo Fajardo, representing the 30,000 indigenous Ecuadorians fighting against the ecological disaster caused by Chevron-Texaco.

Briefs: Greece-Venezuela pledge cooperation, FARC extend ceasefire, Mexico teachers protest

Greece, Venezuela discuss cooperation

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has invited the newly-elected Greek prime minister to Caracas, TeleSUR English said on February 9.

“I have invited Alexis Tsipras, comrade Alexis, to visit us as soon as he can, here in Venezuela,” Maduro told Venezuelan public TV.

“He plans to come to Latin America. He mentioned all the pressures that he is under. Because of a savage, savage neoliberal system that has been applied in Greece.”

Tsipras expressed an interest in touring Latin America, starting with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Coup plot thwarted in Venezuela

A coup plot against the Venezuelan government has been foiled, with both civilians and members of the military detained, President Nicolas Maduro revealed on February 12 in a televised address.

Those involved were being paid in US dollars. One of the suspects had been granted a visa to enter the United States should the plot fail, Maduro said.

Venezuela: Latin America unites against US attacks

A special commission of the two largest associations of Latin American nations, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC, which includes all of the Latin America and the Caribbean) and Union of South American Nations(UNASUR, which represents South American countries) met to discuss US attacks on Venezuelan democracy in a February 11 meeting.

Held in Montevideo, Uruguay, to analyse the relationship between the United States and Venezuela as well as the situation inside Venezuela, the joint commission was convened at the request of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Cuba: The Revolution Continues. An Eye-Witness Report

"Better go see the place before everything changes."

On December 17 it was announced that diplomatic talks would begin between the US and Cuban governments aimed at 'normalising relations'.

Since then there has been renewed speculation regarding the future direction of the latter's 56 year long revolution; whether the end of the illegal US blockade against the island would lead to a re-establishment of a profit-driven, market-economy, or whether the changes will deepen the Cuban Revolution by freeing it from its current material and social limitations.

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Viva Venezuela Fighting for Socialism

Viva Venezuela Fighting for Socialism. Film produced by London base Solidarity with Venezuela. Thu Feb 26, 6pm, Holloway's Beach Community Hall, 65 Oleander St. Gold coin donation. Soup available. For information, phone Jonathan 0437 790 306.

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Thu, 26/02/2015 - 7:00pm

CELAC summit highlights US isolation

The US’s role in Latin America is facing a growing challenge. The 33 member states of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) vehemently rejected North American intervention in the continent, and particularly the US-led blockade of Cuba and recent sanctions against Venezuela.

These positions were part of the “Belen Declaration”, approved during CELAC’s third annual presidential summit, held on January 28th and 29th in Belen, Costa Rica.

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